Magic Ring – Crochet Tutorial
The crochet magic ring is one of my favorite crochet stitches! It can also be referred to as a magic circle, magic loop, and adjustable loop. Let’s learn about why you should use this crochet technique, when to use it, and see a video tutorial demonstrating how to make the magic ring!
Why should I use a Magic Ring?
Why use a magic circle instead of the chain 2 method? The magic ring eliminates the small hole that can form at the first round of your work! You will be working your stitches into an adjustable loop, and then pull the yarn tail tightly to close the loop.
This is a huge advantage of the magic ring method, especially if you are making anything that requires stuffing.
When Should I use a Magic Ring?
This technique is commonly used to start amigurumi crochet projects when working in the round. I use the magic ring to begin all of my amigurumi projects. I have several amigurumi free crochet patterns to choose from here on my blog!
It can also be used at the start of hats that are worked from the top down to the brim, granny squares, and in general any flat piece that may be worked in the round.
In amigurumi especially, your pattern may indicate to “Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring.” This is how many of my amigurumi patterns start out. Some patterns may also abbreviate to MR or MC (magic circle).
If the pattern you’re making states “Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd chain from hook”, this can be replaced with 6 since crochet stitches in a magic ring.
How to make the magic ring
As you can see in the magic ring video tutorial instructions, you will start off by looping the yarn over your fingers. This is the part of the process that makes the loop adjustable. It can be tricky to get the hang of, but it is the most important part! Be sure to use your thumb and ring finger/pinky to hold the yarn in place.
Next you’ll insert your crochet hook under the front piece of yarn, grab the back piece of yarn with your hook, and pull it under the front piece. Then twist your hook to secure a loop around your hook. Create a chain 1 (for single crochet) and then adjust the hold on your yarn so that you can begin working your stitches. If you were making the MR for a taller stitch, you would need additional chain stitches (chain 2 for HDC or DC stitches, chain 3 for TC stitches).
You’ll then work your 6 since crochet stitches around the two strands of yarn that created the adjustable ring. After you’ve completed the required number of stitches, it’s time to tighten the ring!
It’s helpful to hold the last stitch that you worked, and at the same time, pull the yarn tail tightly. This closes the loop and brings your first SC and last SC close together. You’ve now completed the first round of stitches using a magic ring!
If your pattern indicates to slip stitch at the end of the round, you can work a slip stitch into your first stitch. If you are working in continuous rounds, you can now move on to the next round of your pattern as usual!
In this magic ring crochet tutorial I am demonstrating the magic ring using the single crochet stitch, however, it can also be used for the half-double crochet, double crochet stitch, and many others (with the adjustment of the number of chains)!
Are you new to amigurumi or just want to learn more? Be sure to check out my post on amigurumi tips and tricks and my tutorial on color changes in amigurumi.
If you’re looking for a tutorial on how to make a crochet slip knot, be sure to check out my post and video tutorial.
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